Toowoomba Regional Council

Council Of Mayors | South East Queensland


Toowoomba is situated 125km west from Queensland’s state capital Brisbane. It is one of Australia’s largest inland regional cities with a population now just over 160,000. It is the commercial and economic hub of the Darling Downs and widely accepted as the service centre for the Surat Basin.

The Toowoomba Regional Council area is a growing residential area and is conservatively predicted that it will be home to nearly 200,000 people by 2036. More optimistic forecasts for the area suggest the population could be as high as 234,706 by 2036.

With an abundance of public parks and green spaces, schools and sporting clubs, and just 90 minutes to Brisbane and close proximity to both the Gold and Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba has become an ideal place to raise a family.

There is no doubting that the city is on the cusp of a major growth spurt, with an enormous set of opportunities to come its way. With much-needed infrastructure being constructed or in planning, a booming economy and continuing job growth, Toowoomba is ready to lead the way in Australia with growth, diversity and opportunity.

The region benefits from world-class education facilities that have led to vast pools of skilled and experienced workforces who are supported by a number of premium health care facilities. Major infrastructure developments in the region continue to propel the construction industry with the manufacturing sector buoyed by Toowoomba and the Surat Basin’s robust agricultures industries. The breadth of industry development in the Toowoomba region is unmatched and the opportunities to harness growth in the region endless.


Mayor Paul Antonio

Mayor Paul Antonio

+61 7 4688 6433

Cr Paul Antonio was born in Toowoomba and grew up on his family property “Myalla” at Millmerran. The Antonio family developed a successful farming operation on their properties “Kurrajong” and “Borambil” west of Millmerran and continue to produce grain and Angus cattle.

Previously he has served as Deputy Mayor of the Toowoomba Regional Council in its first amalgamated term, and as Mayor of Millmerran Shire Council for eight years. He was elected as a Councillor in 1982 and spent three years as Deputy Mayor.